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From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

All Systems - Go!
At the recent Governing Board Meeting held in March, the Board Chair, Ted Meriam, asked administration to speak to four key issues: student safety and success data; labor relations practices; fiscal management systems; and collaborative decision-making opportunities. The following is a summary of information shared by key administrators of how effectively CVCHS operates in these four areas. The Board thanked the staff for all of their hard work and success in the journey of CVCHS "from Good to Great!"
Student Safety and Success
The first and foremost priority for CVCHS is student safety and success. Students need to feel safe at school so they can focus upon learning and enjoying their lives as members of the CVCHS student body. There is so much to be proud of in regards to the highly effective safety measures that are in place which include:

School administrators out on campus and visible during the school day, especially at brunch, lunch and after school. We know that administrative presence deters misconduct.
Five campus security assistants out on campus throughout the day - monitoring student behavior, enforcing dress code, tardiness and safety rules.
Teachers and staff members who have a concern about students' wellbeing. The quality and nurturing relationships between teachers and students is the foundation for an effective classroom.
Four School Counselors (including our Career Center Counselor) and a School Psychologist who support students' needs, concerns and academic as well as social/emotional difficulties.

CVCHS has developed a multitude of intervention programs to ensure all of our students have support for their academic needs. Various programs include tutoring afterschool in the Library, Credit recovery coursework offerings, Saturday Bridge to Success Program, Summer Bridge Program for credit recovery, Enrichment courses available for incoming 9th grade students, and our Freshman Transition Program. Further we offer our exemplary AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) 9th grade support program, California High School Exit Exam support classes (CAHSEE), and our English Language Development Program to support our second language students.

Mr. Miguel Romo, Director of Student Services, shared with the Board the following results from all of our efforts:

Graduation rate increased from pre-charter rate of 83% to 96%
Serious disciplinary problems decreased significantly due to our firm disciplinary approach and

zero tolerance policy towards drug and alcohol possession and distribution

Reputation in the business community and local neighborhood improved significantly as we have staff in the neighborhood and at the local plaza after school

Grades of "F" decreased by over 50% from pre-charter rates
Campus grounds and cleanliness improved greatly
College admissions rates increased significantly as approximately 95% of graduates are admitted to college

Effective Labor Relations
Charter schools are designed to be focused upon student safety and success as their priority. CVCHS is no exception to this mission. Our vision is "to create first class citizens with a world class education." We know that a highly effective workforce is the key to gaining great results from our students. Having staff members who are empowered with high quality professional development has been a key strategy to our success thus far. We offer more professional development opportunities to our teachers than most any other school in the region and possibly one of the top professional development schools in the state!
Mr. Dylan Perreira, Director of Curriculum and Guidance, shared with the Board that CVCHS offers the following Professional Development (PD) programs for our teachers:

Summer Curriculum Institute - 4 days
Summer Character Counts Symposium - 2 days
Summer Ed Tech Institute - 3 days
Summer Model Schools Conference
Advanced Placement Course Workshops - 4 days
Summer Math Workshops
Bi-weekly Department planning time and Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings on Wednesdays (early student release time)
Monthly PD sessions on Wednesday (early student release time)

We are so proud of our teachers and staff members for the diligent work they perform on a daily basis caring for and educating our students. Our school attorney shared with the Board how there have been no lawsuits against CVCHS by employees, nor any judgments for personnel violations. Our two employee associations have some of the best protections of any charter school in the state. This past year we were able to offer a 6% salary increase to all of our staff members and significantly increase their health and medical benefits. We know that taking care of our staff is a priority and a key to making CVCHS a great place to work.
Fiscal Management Practices
Mr. Miles Denniston, the Chief Financial Official for CVCHS, reported out the highly effective fiscal management practices we use to ensure financial accountability. Mr. Denniston complemented the school for the wise use of funds to improve CVCHS. He noted that our "back office company" - Charter School Management Corporation (CSMC) - works with hundreds of charter schools throughout the state and nation and refer to CVCHS as the example of strong fiscal management. The following are a few examples of the conservative fiscal policies and procedures that we operate by:

Oversight from multiple layers of personnel to ensure funds are approved appropriately
Payroll being operated by CSMC
Site procedures which provide key oversight for expenditures
The most transparent fiscal expenditure oversight system in place

The Governing Board approved the 2nd Interim Budget Report and we are proud to state that the CVCHS budget is very stable with a strong reserve.
Collaborative Leadership
Mr. Dylan Perreira, Director of Curriculum and Guidance, reported out on the various measures we use to collaborate and communicate with our key stakeholders. CVCHS is committed to a partnership with parents in the education of our students. Key measures for collaboration include:

Governing Board is comprised of the various stakeholder groups including teachers, classified staff, administration, parents and community members. All significant policies and decisions are made at the board level that is inclusive and representative of all stakeholders.
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) is an active partner with administration and work supportively with teachers and parents to support our school.
Department Chairs - The faculty operates in subject specific departments and their chair manages their budgets and makes key decisions regarding instructional materials, etc. Each department has an administrator assigned to them for collaboration, communication and problem solving.
Athletic Boosters - The Athletic Boosters are a key support system to our athletic programs as they raise funds to support the various athletic needs.
Music Boosters - They are a great support system to our music programs at CVCHS.
Communication - Via "Voyage of the Eagle" and "School Messenger" email/auto dialing system. The administration communicates regularly with our community and stakeholders through various avenues to keep everyone informed about important information, events and school related incidents.
Newspaper and Website - We work diligently to keep our website updated so our stakeholders are well informed. We are updating it with a FAQ section. We post key information on our Home page as well as our "Governance" page.
We are proud to say we try our best to return calls and emails within 24 hours in regards to student concerns. Our teachers and staff attempt to be responsive to all related concerns. We know that parents are a vital partner to the success of all of our students; we welcome their partnership.

In closing, I am so grateful to have a competent and stellar staff. Together, we are moving CVCHS forward "from Good to Great"! Thank you to our Board who tirelessly give of their time, talent and energy at a great sacrifice to their personal lives, because of their commitment to making CVCHS a school that we all are proud of!
"All systems - Go! The Eagle is soaring ... In Your Service,
David Linzey
CVCHS Executive Director
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Welcome to Clayton Valley Charter High School! The vision is clear: We will prepare our students for college admissions equipped with 21st century skills. All students have a right to a world-class education and this is the mission of Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS). All of the faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to this challenge and we invite parents to join us as partners to make this vision a reality. The CVCHS administration, board of directors, teachers and staff are united with a clear vision to ensure that we provide our students with a rigorous and relevant education.

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and ADA

School funding comes directly from student's daily attendance.  When they attend school, even for a portion of the day, we receive full funding for that day.  When your student does not attend at all, we receive no funding at all.  Since 2007, California funding for public education (which includes charter schools) has been reduced significantly causing a tremendous strain on schools to offer educational programs.  We need each student here everyday, even if it is only for a part of the day (after doctor's and dentist appointments, etc.).  CVCHS can actually increase our state funding if every parent does their best to get their students to school everyday.  Thanks!

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News and Announcements


OPEN LETTER TO CVCHS COMMUNITY FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAVE LINZEY To read this letter regarding our charter status, please click above

CVCHS SENIOR MEN PRESENT THE 1ST ANNUAL BOCCE TOURNAMENT!! Don’t miss the fun as we kick off the 1st Annual Bocce Tournament at the new Ipsen Family Bocce Courts in Downtown Clayton on May 30, 2015! For all the details including how to sign up, click above.

SEEKING COMMUNITY MEMBER FOR CVCHS GOVERNING BOARD The CVCHS Governing Board is currently seeking a Community Member for a January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 term limit. If you are interested, we encourage candidates to apply by April 30, 2015. For more information, please click the link above.

CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS (CAASPP) TESTING FOR 10TH AND 11TH GRADES IS ALMOST HERE! From April 20th, 2015 through May 1st, 2015 ALL STUDENTS AT CVCHS will have a modified schedule due to the new state testing, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. Please click the link above for all the information including the MODIFIED BELL SCHEDULE.

DON'T MISS THE NIGHT OF SENIOR STARS TALENT SHOW!! Whether you're performing or watching, this is a night of fun for everyone! For all the details including dates for auditions, please click above. Don't miss it!

SENIORS BOWLING PARTY IS COMING IN JUNE!! Don't miss the annual Senior Bowling Party at Clayton Valley Bowl! Get all the details and a link to the permission form by clicking above.

SENIOR BALL INFO IS FINALLY HERE! Come spend a Night At The Museum and dance your socks off! For all the details please click above.

NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR Please click above for a link to the Academic Calendar for the 2015-2016 calendar.

CVCHS GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR OUR STUDENTS!! Click above for a unique, birds-eye view of our newly remodeled athletic facilities!

CVCHS CHOIRS RECEIVE TRIPLE GOLD IN WASHINGTON D.C.!! Congratulations to the CVCHS Choirs, who received triple gold medals at the WorldStrides Heritage Competition held in Washington D.C. on March 28!! This competition had over 1400 participants! For all the details, please click above.

CONGRATULATIONS!  CVCHS GETS REAUTHORIZED FOR 5 YEARS!! I would like to proudly announce that CVCHS has received authorization from the Contra Costa County Office of Education for the next five years to continue our outstanding charter school! With a vote of 5-0 the County Board approved the recommendation from the CCCOE administration to approve our charter school due to the tremendous success we have had in meeting all the requirements necessary for reauthorization. With the tremendous academic achievement results CVCHS has earned the past two years, it is clear that we have an outstanding school that is preparing all of our students for college and careers of the 21st century. Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for a job well done! Let’s keep up the great work we do each and every day of focusing upon meeting the needs of our students. That is what got us here!

Dave Linzey
Executive Director

 "CLAYTON VALLEY CARES" IS BACK AT CVCHS!! Clayton Valley Cares (CVC) is a program that is designed to help our CV students and their families in need. Hardship can hit a family without warning, and we want to help. Students who may have a need for a warm coat, a gift card for necessities/food or a bus/BART ticket. Any student can receive help by speaking first to their Guidance Counselor who will, in turn, reach out to CVC for the help that they need. All services and inquiries are strictly confidential. For more information on how you can help, please click above.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING GOVERNING BOARD MEETINGS?  The CVCHS Governing Board can now send out notices of meetings and agendas and links to information. For more information and a link to the subscription page, please click above.
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CAASPP Testing

Date: 4/28/2015
Geometry Placement Makeup

Date: 4/28/2015
Boys Baseball vs Northgate

Date: 4/28/2015, 3 PM 6 PM
Location: JV @ CVCHS V @ Northgate
Girls Lacrosse vs Northgate

Date: 4/28/2015, 3:30 PM 6:30 PM
Location: CVCHS Turf JV 4:30 V 6:00
Girls Softball vs Northgate

Date: 4/28/2015, 3:30 PM 5 PM
Location: Varsity @ Northgate JV @ CVCHS
Boys Lacrosse vs Northgate

Date: 4/28/2015, 4:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Northgate
Boys Varsity Volleyball vs Ygnacio Valley

Date: 4/28/2015, 6 PM 7 PM
Location: CVCHS
Girls Freshman Lacrosse vs Bishop O'dowd

Date: 4/28/2015, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: CVCHS Turf 6:30 PM
CAASPP Testing

Date: 4/29/2015
Tennis DVAL Tournament at College Park

Date: 4/29/2015
Location: College Park